Stephen Perry welcomes IPW attendees to New Orleans

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Following the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in 2015, New Orleans is a city reinvigorated. The 300-year-old Crescent City long ago established itself as one of America’s great cities by creating its own distinctive mark in literature, art, cuisine and – of course – music. Hurricane Katrina could not halt its momentum, instead inspiring a wealth of new ideas that has kept the city’s tourism afloat.

In the words of Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, addressing IPW 2016’s attendees, “Please, relax and allow yourself to be immersed in our unique culture, cuisine, music and laissez-faire spirit … We think you will quickly recognise that you are in a special place, and begin to understand why New Orleans is knows as, “the city that care forgot” and the “Crescent City” among others.

“There has never been a better time to experience New Orleans … Thanks to the dedication of locals and visitors alike, New Orleans is experiencing an amazing economic and cultural renaissance. As we prepare for its tricentennial celebration in 2018, our city is bustling with progress and innovation. From the opening of a new airport in 2018, a billion-dollar revitalisation project taking place along the riverfront, to small independent businesses in the historic neighbourhoods of Treme, Bywater, Magazine Street and Faubourg Marigny, business is robust and our joie de vivre has never been more passionate.”

Perry likens a visit to New Orleans to a sensory reshuffle: “When you come to New Orleans, its like your molecules rearrange a little bit.”

At the IPW 2015 press conference, Perry promised a variety of unique, only-in-New Orleans experiences, “If you haven’t been to New Orleans in the past few years, you’re going to be astonished … It looks different, it feels different. And the great thing about our tours and tour guides is that, instead of ‘normal tours’, in New Orleans you get to do things like take a voodoo tour at midnight, and literary tours to see where Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, great literary artists have written.”

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